Opening tomorrow in the space that last housed Cafe Cabaret in San Diego's Normal Heights is Pachamama - an organic, mostly plant-based South American restaurant from an Argentinian celebrity that recently relocated to America's Finest City.
Pachamama is named after the Inca goddess synonymous with "Mother Earth". The all-day eatery will open on Tuesday, October 22, at 5pm, with a kitchen helmed by Cafe Gratitude alum and native San Diegan Ernesto Morena. Taking cues from the owner’s South American roots, Chef Morena's mostly plant-based menu will offer flavors and dishes that honor the indigenous cuisines of Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba and Mexico. The menu will be 100% organic with many options that are vegan, gluten-free and paleo friendly. Pachamama will have a minimalist decor with natural wood furnishings and an ample garden patio decorated with outdoor herb boxes, potted plants, and succulents. The eatery will also offer a table just for children, where young diners can participate in the creation of their meal in hopes of developing an appreciation for how food is grown and prepared.
Pachamama is the product of Victoria Vannucci, a former tennis professional, model and Argentinean celebrity who lived in Miami since 2016 after a series of controversies in her home country of Argentina that included backlash due to the dissemination of images of her and her then-husband posing with hunted wild animals in Africa. The distribution of the photos of Vannucci with big game animals resulted in the businesswoman filing a successful lawsuit against both her hometown municipality and social media behemoth Twitter. Aiming to atone for her past, Vannucci will give a portion of profits from Pachamama to animal welfare services.
Pachamama is located at 3737-3739 Adams Avenue in San Diego's Normal Heights. For more information, visit whoispachamama.com and check out the draft menu below.